The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open schedule is out as well
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NJ Online Poker Update: Plans For The PokerStars Players Championship

PokerStars Players Championship

Here’s a look at what’s new in the world of NJ online poker sites, including the announcement of the PokerStars Players Championship and the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open schedule.

WSOP / 888

Major changes/announcements: Approximate dates for player pools combining for NJ, Nevada and Delaware online poker are still unknown.

New tournaments: Bold Warrior $50 buy-in/$3,000 guaranteed freeze-out on Saturdays and the High Roller Warrior $500/$10k on Sundays.

Prize pool/Structure changes: The Friday Weekend Warrior $100/$10k was reduced to $8k; the Saturday Weekend Warrior $50/$5k was reduced to $4k; the Saturday Weekend Warrior $100/$10k was changed to the Extreme Warrior $150/$10k; and the Sunday Warrior’s Opening Strike $50/$10k was reduced to $7,500.

Upcoming online series: TBA (we hope).

Good news/bad news: The December Deepstack Series popped up in the WSOP NJ / 888 Poker lobby last week, but I was more confused than excited. They ran one event each night at 6 p.m., which has proven to be too early during the week for the NJ online poker schedule, and so none of the weekday events ran.

Why is it so hard to run these at 7 p.m. alongside the other nightlies, so that they have a chance of running? We obviously don’t know everything involved in putting out an online poker schedule, but I would assume that in the long run for the operator, it’s better for a tournament to run than to not run.

This is all even more baffling based on how good the online series was that just finished up on WSOP, albeit very poorly publicized. The events were good guarantees and ran alongside the other sites’ nightlies. So why the change?

Borgata / PartyPoker / PlayMGM

Major changes/announcements: Players who play in both Sunday $40k’s on Dec. 24 and 31 will receive a bonus $75 in tournament dollars.

New tournaments: None.

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Good news/bad news: The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open schedule has been released and will run Jan. 16-Feb. 2. The $2 million guaranteed opening event runs Jan. 16-20 and the live-streamed $3 million guaranteed $3,500 buy-in main event runs Jan. 28-Feb. 2. Online satellites for both events will likely run for a few weeks prior to the start of the live events.

PokerStars

Major changes/announcements: The PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) has been announced, with $9 million in added money. A few special and innovative features of this tournament are PokerStars adding $1 million for the winner, as well as 300 $25,000 seats being awarded to PokerStars players throughout 2018 in the form of Platinum Passes.

New tournaments: None.

Prizepool/Structure changes: None.

Upcoming online series: TBA.

Good news/bad news: We aren’t sure if any satellites for this superstar PSPC tournament will run online in NJ. However, Borgata Poker Ambassador Vinny Pahuja tweeted to PokerStars asking about it and he got an immediately encouraging response:

Hopefully we find out soon how these seats will be awarded so that we can have something really exciting to look forward to.

Pala Poker

Major changes/announcements: None.

New tournaments: $30 rebuy/$2,000 at 7:30 p.m. on TuesdayThursday and Sunday

Prize pool/Structure changes: None.

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Katie Stone
- Katie Stone is a professional poker player who lives in New Jersey. After moving to Mexico after Black Friday, she returned to her home state of New Jersey in 2014 when online poker became legalized there.